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Past Events

TRB Workshop on Future freight and logistics survey

The Innovations in Freight Data Workshop took place in Irvine, CA, on May 17–18, 2017. On May 17, Dr. Moshe Ben Akiva, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke on a panel about technologies for monitoring, tracking, and data collection. He provided early information about an ongoing EAR Program-supported research project titled “Future freight and logistics survey: integrated data collection using mobile sensing, wireless communication, and machine learning algorithms.”  More information about this Transportation Research Board (TRB) workshop is located at http://www.cvent.com/events/innovations-in-freight-data-workshop/event-summary-b5bdf9d69f294e21885cb4fb0020df02.aspx.

Video Analytics Research Results Presented at IEEE Workshop

On March 30, 2017, in Santa Rosa, CA, David Kuehn, FHWA’s Program Manager for the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, presented results from an EAR Program-funded research on video analytics.  Kuehn presented on “Advances in Automating Analysis of Highway and Driver Video Image Data: Managing Low and Variable Image Quality” during the First International Workshop on Human Activity Analysis with Highly Diverse Cameras.  The workshop took place as part of the biannual Workshop on Application of Computer Vision sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.  More information about the workshop is located at http://printeps.org/HDC2017/.  More information about the EAR Program-funded research on video analytics is located at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/15025/index.cfm

TRB Webinar: Technology Readiness Level Assessments for Research Program Managers and Customers

On April 28, 2016, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) conducted a webinar to present an overview of the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Assessment for describing the maturity of highway research products. The FHWA worked with the Volpe Center to develop the assessment. The webinar included background on the assessment tool, examples of its use, and lessons on how it can be applied to highway transportation research programs. The first 60 minutes of the webinar included presentations, and the final 30 minutes was reserved for audience questions. TRB’s Standing Committee on Conduct of Research organized the webinar. For full details about the webinar, go to http://www.trb.org/ElectronicSessions/Blurbs/173937.aspx. Contact Reggie Gillum at RGillum@nas.edu with any questions regarding the webinar.

TRB Webinar: New Technologies for Renewable Energy in the Public Right-of-Way

On March 31, 2016, the TRB conducted a webinar to present an overview of the results of two FHWA EAR Program studies on pursuing energy harvesting and application in the public right-of-way: (1) A Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System Technology; and (2) Kinetic-to-Electric Energy Conversion Technology as a Roadway Energy Harvester. Project researchers provided their approach, results, and recommendations for advancing their technologies, The webinar began with an introduction of the EAR Program and motivation for the research and ended with a question-and-answer session. For full details about the webinar, go to http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/173859.aspx. Contact Reggie Gillum at RGillum@nas.edu with any questions regarding the webinar.

EAR Program Sponsored Project at SXSW

The FHWA EAR Program has been investigating advanced technologies in computer vision, robotics, and artificial intelligence to improve mobility and navigation of travelers with vision impairment. Mohammed Yusuf, a research engineer with the FHWA Office of Operations Research and Development and the technical point of contact for an EAR Program sponsored research project, presented at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference on March 7–16, 2014, in Austin, TX. Yusuf was one of the presenters for a session on “Gaining Vision the Robotic Way.” This session explored the opportunities associated with advances in sensing and vision-free interfaces and robotic technology for route planning and guidance. Experts from government, academia, and the private sector discussed emerging trends in transportation and technology, and looked for ways to work collaboratively to further the research. Further details about the session are available at http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP21294.


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Exploratory Advanced Research Program 2018 Broad Agency Announcement

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Presolicitation Notice for its Exploratory Advanced Research Program’s 2018 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) with an anticipated posting date of February 16, 2018. Through the issuance of this BAA, FHWA anticipates sponsoring research addressing four topics: (1) Mobil Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs); (2) Video Analytics; (3) Artificial Realistic Data; and (4) Supplementary or Alternative Materials for Highway Pavements and Structures. All responsible sources capable of satisfying the U.S. Government's needs may submit proposals for evaluation. The presolicitation announcement is posted on the FedBizOpps Web Site at:


Potential offerors and vendors are encouraged to register on www.fbo.gov to receive any further information regarding this announcement. The BAA will close on April 5, 2018.


NRC Postdoctoral Fellows Help EAR Program Solve Transportation Issues

The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) conducts research across a wide range of topics and disciplines. To supplement the expertise of the permanent staff, it is important to bring in researchers with the appropriate backgrounds to investigate specific problems at short-term basis. Through the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, FHWA utilizes the Resident Associates (or Postdoctoral Fellows) program of the National Research Council (NRC) for this purpose. The NRC provides a process for selecting candidates on a competitive merit basis and subsequently for administration of the Resident Fellows during their tenures at FHWA. [More]

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